Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Canada asks U.S. to improve sandwich safety

The U.S. government is responding to a Canadian request to apply HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) protocols to processors making closed-face sandwiches for the Canadian market.

The United States Department of Agriculture revealed Monday that its Food Safety and Inspection Service “is teaming up with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Export Verification Program (EV) on the program.

“The voluntary program will involve production of sandwiches under FSIS reimbursable inspection service and make sure the facilities are operating under conditions that comply with HACCP protocols, the U.S. government said.

“Once implemented on Feb. 1, 2016, only establishments participating in the program will be allowed to export closed-face sandwiches to Canada.

“The agencies will focus on the detection of listeria monocytogenes, salmonella and other pathogens in closed-face sandwiches.

FSIS and AMS also are soliciting comments on the proposal  and may consider expanding the program to also cover other ready-to-eat food products produced by U.S. manufacturers, the government said.